During 2017, we’re running a photography competition every month, gifting local photographers prizes from Portsmouth and Southsea businesses as a way of saying thank-you for the passion they have in capturing the beauty of our city.
We start each month by picking a theme to inspire photographers to get out and shoot, and close every month by selecting a winning picture. January’s theme was ‘Fresh Starts’ and February’s was ‘In Pairs’. March was ‘Old & New’, April was ‘Colour’, and May was ‘Low Down’.
The four of us in the Team Locals office — Charley, Jeeves, Lauren, and Lulu — will judge entries against a number of metrics, including aesthetics (breathtaking visual beauty), storytelling (context of and meaning behind photos), technicalities (photographic methods, e.g. long exposure), and the unique portrayal of each month’s theme.
Photographers have complete creative freedom on how pictures are taken: DSLR, film, pinhole, smartphone, compact, Polaroid/Instax scans etc. are all permitted.
We don’t just want to celebrate local photographers — we also want to celebrate local businesses. So we’re curating Portsmouth- and Southsea-centric prize bundles each month. Here are June’s prizes:
Raise a toast to the incredible views this summer at the Spinnaker Tower’s brand new pop-up Champagne Bar events, with tickets for two.
Mozzarella Joes are renowned for their freshly-prepared stonebaked pizzas and stunning Solent views — get two of their pizzas on us.
Lunch for two at Home Coffee in Albert Road.
Love Southsea merch: two prints/a sweatshirt.
Four tickets to the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at Portsmouth Guildhall in July, with four top professional comedians bringing you to tears of hilarity all night! Comics from shows like BBC2’s Mock The Week, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and more will be making appearances.
The theme for June 2017: Street Life
A lot of the photos we get sent by competition entrants are taken along Southsea Seafront, and while that’s exciting, we want to bring things back into the city of Portsmouth a little bit. June’s ‘Street Life’ theme is all about capturing people just living their daily lives on our island city.
Thus, this month is all about portraiture, which means it’ll be a nice comfort zone challenger for those among you not quite used to taking photos of people. This time around, the focus is less on Portsmouth and Southsea — it’s on the people within it. Hit the streets and get some candids!
There are only three rules for our monthly photography competitions:
- Photos must be new, taken within each month, not submitted from archives — this makes it fairer and more fun for all participants!
- Photos must be taken in Portsmouth and Southsea
- Photos must be submitted at a nice resolution, preferably — 1080px along the shortest edge is a good baseline, as anything below that may sacrifice photographic quality
You’re welcome to edit photos how you wish. Post-processed double exposures? Sure! Full-blown image manipulations? Sure thing! Go nuts.
There are three ways to submit photos:
- Directly: you can email your photos to email@example.com, or message them to us on social media if you don’t mind the risks of photos being compressed in transit
- Indirectly: you can tag us in your photos on Instagram and Twitter — our handle on both is @teamlocals
- Use the hashtag #TLInPairs on Instagram/Twitter
We can’t give prizes to everyone unfortunately, but we plan to give every participant the attention and endorsement they deserve with end-of-month gallery posts on this site and across social media, promoting the photographers’ portfolios.
And that’s it! Team Locals’ sixth monthly photography competition is officially underway. Happy snapping!